Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of, above all, the people whom society has marginalized. Certainly everyone is at risk, and some who are not at the margins of society – health workers, for example – are among those at heightened risk. Yet the risk of contracting and dying from the disease is greatest among an array […]
Posted in Global Health, Global Health Governance, Health and Human Rights, Human Rights, Infectious Diseases, uncategorized ; Tagged: accountability, empowerment, health equity programs of action, High-Level Meeting on TB, participation, SDGs, social determinants of health, TB.
Yesterday was the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis. After much build-up, advocacy, and negotiation throughout the last year, the Political Declaration includes some critical commitments to scale up access to diagnosis and medicines, including by reaffirming the TRIPS Agreement and the Doha Declaration (para 19) and committing to providing diagnosis and treatment to […]
This blog was written by Jennifer S. Bard, J.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law (on academic leave), Scholar, the O’Neill Institute By its own analysis, the EPA predicts that its loosening of the restrictions on pollution emitted by coal-fired power plants will result in “ 1,400 premature deaths annually by […]
On September 3, 2018, after acknowledging the ongoing economic and financial crisis, the government of Argentina announced a series of austerity measures aimed at reducing Argentina’s fiscal deficit in 2019. The announcement confirmed the rumors of a substantial restructuring in the cabinet and the elimination of ten Argentine ministries, including the Ministry of Health. Under […]
This article was written by Emilie Filmer-Wilson, the Human Rights Adviser at UNFPA, and Luis Mora, the Chief of the Gender, Human Rights and Culture Branch at UNFPA. The United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) approach to public health is grounded in the premise that women’s sexual and reproductive health is determined not only by […]
Last week WHO issued key changes to treatment guidelines for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) which implement a new priority ranking of available medicines and now include a fully oral regimen as one preferred option for MDR-TB treatment. The new ranking balances effectiveness and harms and prioritizes oral regimens over injection-based regimens. There is a significant […]
If the story weren’t so important and playing out in real life every day, it would be a stale and tiresome story: the world’s leaders making transformative-sounding commitments, go back to their capitals, and continue mostly business as usual, perhaps with a new initiative here, modestly increased funding here. In 2016, the world’s leaders committed […]
Last week, the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services launched the 2018-2022 National Strategic Plan and held the inaugural National Health Assembly. The National Health Assembly is a forum to discuss health issues and challenges in the country, including the development of the UHC framework which is presently underway. National Health Assemblies have […]
This blog was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D., LL.D., Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M., Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics; Director, Center for Public Health Law and Policy, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (ASU) and Walter Johnson, M.S.T.P., Senior Legal […]
Anyone who knows the world of the global tuberculosis response knows, too, its refrain: “We must do for TB what we did for HIV!” It is less rallying cry than lament. Those of us who form part of “civil society” at the international level in the TB world attend the big TB conferences, but mostly […]
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